Chargers Look to Bolster Division Lead Over Broncos

With the rest of the AFC West floundering the 3-2 San Diego Chargers get a chance to grab a firm hold of that division when they host the 2-3 Denver Broncos for this week's edition of Monday Night Football from QualComm Stadium (8:30 pm ET, ESPN). 

Can the Bolts bounce back after a tough loss in New Orleans? Or can the Broncos rebound after a loss at New England?

San Diego started 2-0 this year, with wins over Oakland and Tennessee, before laying an egg in a home loss to Atlanta.

The Chargers then went to Kansas City and beat the Chiefs 37-20, but last week vs. the Saints gave up a 10-point third-quarter lead and lost 31-24.

On the other side of this matchup Denver began this season with a home win over Pittsburgh, but then lost back-to-back games, albeit to two pretty good teams, the Falcons and Texans. The Broncos then beat up on the Raiders 37-6 but last week lost at New England 31-21, falling behind 31-7 before scoring twice to make the final score appear respectable.

So San Diego leads the AFC West by a game over Denver, by two games over Oakland and 2.5 games over KC. And with a win Monday night the Chargers would go to 3-0 in divisional play.

San Diego is also 9-3 straight-up with QB Philip Rivers starting against Denver.

The Chargers began as three-point favorites for this game on most Week 6 betting boards, but as of Monday morning most NFL betting outlets had dropped San Diego to -1.

Also, the total on this game opened as high as 51 at some books, but as of Monday morning sat at 47 at several shops.

These two long-time rivals - both original AFL franchises - split their two games last season, both winning on the others' home field. But Peyton Manning, of course, was holding a clipboard on the sidelines at Colts games instead of quarterbacking the Broncos like he'll do Monday night.


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